Standard flags and what they mean.
by Pierre Martins
A funny way to remember things…
I have found writing and coaching to be very therapeutic in my own learning and thought processes in that every time I try to explain something to someone it forces me to find ways to put my ideas forward in simple and easy to understand terms.
Humour stimulates one’s memory, so here’s a light-hearted way of remembering the flags and how you should react to them next time you’re out on track…
The ‘Affirmative Action’ flag. You must give up your position. Together with competitor's number in white on black board, informs the driver that he must stop at his pit at the end of the lap. Very controversial flag, this one.
Like amber on a traffic light, it means Caution! Competitors must slow down and maintain their positions. You can’t pass under yellow like you’d skip amber at a traffic light, the track nazis will penalize you severely.
Black with Orange Disc:
Someone shot a hole in the Affirmative Action flag. Together with competitor's number informs driver that he has mechanical problems, and that he must stop at his pit at the end of the lap. More controversy.
This is the easy one, the "All Clear" you’ve been waiting for after a yellow flag dangerous situation. May also be used to start warm-up or practice sessions. Time to pedal! If you don’t know what this flag means you shouldn't be on a race track.
There is more to it than the above and you should obviously familiarize yourself with the rules at your local tracks and attend driver’s briefings and all that, but I hope the above will give you something to remember the flags by and keep you out of trouble when you’re out there on track…